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‘Man who beat his baby to death has a history of violence’

Eugene Plaatjies was found guilty of murder and assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm

Picture: RSC Inc.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape High Court has heard that a man who beat to death his three-month-old baby has a history of violence.

Eugene Plaatjies from Montague is back in the court today to hear how he will be sentenced after the court found him guilty of murder, child neglect and assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

His baby daughter, Antonique Alkaster, died at the Red Cross Children's Hospital in 2014 from injuries consistent with assault.

Social Worker Charlene Demas, who interviewed Plaatjies and his relatives, has recommended the 24-year-old be sent to prison.

Demas says she was made aware that the young father had physically abused the three-month old and her mother on a number of occasions before the baby's death.

She also told the court while some of his relatives described him as a friendly person who was quiet, neighbours painted an unflattering picture of the accused.

On the two occasions she interviewed Plaatjies, Demas says she observed a respectful young man, but this did not take away from the crime he committed.